v. prevent by taking action in advance
The prospective bride and groom hoped to forestall any potential arguments about money in the event of a divorce.
Sentence in Classic:
If he reached Znaim before the French, there would be great hope of saving the army; to let the French forestall him at Znaim meant the exposure of his whole army to a disgrace such as that of Ulm, or to utter destruction.
War and Peace(V1) By Leo Tolstoy Context
Rostov, who had completely forgotten Denisov, not wishing anyone to forestall him, threw off his fur coat and ran on tiptoe through the large dark ballroom.
War and Peace(V2) By Leo Tolstoy Context
As for the six hundred thousand francs, you do not mention them to me, but I forestall your thought, they are a deposit.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo Context
He was ingenious; he had forestalled Soulange Bodin in the formation of little clumps of earth of heath mould, for the cultivation of rare and precious shrubs from America and China.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor Hugo Context
Her light grey eyes wandered continually from one to the other, noting every little want and forestalling it if possible.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
From his putting his finger to his lips, I gathered that he expected her to wake before long and was afraid of forestalling nature.